For centuries, paid hunters in the famed Orion Guild have pursued their prey using the ancient technology of gunpowder and bullets, even as the rest of civilization has taken starships across the galaxy to new planets. On these planets, pilgrims often encounter animal problems they are ill-equipped to handle, and The Orion Guild is called to intervene. Humanely if possible, with deadly force if necessary.
Named by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2013: SF/F
"Energetic, edgy sci-fi with a Game of Thrones bent. Explosive action in the far future."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Connell fearlessly explores the baser instincts of humanity in this gritty, concisely constructed sci-fi adventure. Successful simply as an action novel, The High Hunt also does what some of the best science fiction has always done: it illuminates important truths about humanity."
-- Foreword Reviews (5 out of 5 stars)
"Lansing's choices will test everything he has come to know as truth in this powerful saga, recommended for any who love hunting dramas, stories of confrontations between strong resourceful individualists, and science fiction."
-- The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Award-winning writer Adam Connell is the author of several works of science fiction and speculative fiction. He was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as an "Author to Watch." His first novel, Counterfeit Kings, was lauded by Publishers Weekly, who said, "Struggle for identity and self-sacrifice are just a few of the powerful stories beneath an action-packed surface plot that provokes as it dazzles." His next novel was Lay Saints, selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2012, in 4 categories. Lay Saints was also chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the Top 5 SF Novels of 2012. Some stellar reviews: "The engrossing result feels like an ESP-themed mash-up of The Sopranos and The Wire as scripted by Quentin Tarantino. A stylish reimagining of the psychic mystery genre." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Fans of the genre will find a lot to like here--particularly the snappy dialogue and solid world-building." -- Publishers Weekly "Connell's Lay Saints is the perfect blend of literary fiction and genre fiction. It's original and unpredictable but also character-driven and deeply thought provoking. This is a story that works on multiple levels--and should appeal to multiple groups of readers." -- Explorations, The B&N SF/F Blog "Adam Connell's Lay Saints is a sleek homage to noir with a fantasy twist. His style is in turns reminiscent of Elmore Leonard, Chuck Palahniuk, and William Gibson, but his voice is all his own. It's sleazy, it's violent, it's honest, and it's a damn good read." -- BlueInk Review (starred review) "Lay Saints, with its realistic and complex cast of protagonists and the added bonus of wild talents up for exploit, is a powerful read that is gritty, honest, gripping and unpredictable. Any who enjoy noir detective stories, explorations with New York City underworld settings, and a touch of science fiction injected into complex social and political interactions will find this an absorbing read, impossible to put down." -- The Midwest Book Review His third novel, Total Secession, was released in September 2012. It was the recipient of the Bronze Medal in Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Awards. Some stellar reviews: "Connell offers a tough but touching futuristic thriller. Full of fury and feeling, sure to interest fans of crime novels, thrillers and alternate futures." -- Kirkus Reviews "Total Secession is a tour de force of speculative fiction. The plot takes many detours, but they are enjoyable ones for readers, especially those who enjoy lyrical use of language." -- Foreword Reviews (5 out of 5 Stars) "Total Secession is a dialogue-driven book packed with strong characters, lots of description, and a heady attention to local lingo and dialect reflected in speech; the ultimate result providing a realistic account of the human condition." -- The Midwest Book Review "There's a lot to like in Total Secession. Connell is a talented writer with a gift for metaphor and characterization, and he populates the oft-pulpy narrative with a variety of colorful characters and action-packed sequences." -- BlueInk Review Connell's fourth novel, The High Hunt, is the first book in a planned series called The Orion Guild. In brief, the plot of The High Hunt is this: A planet's distress call for hunters to track and kill an infected herd of beasts brings the universe's most effective marksmen. Most come to hunt, some come to betray old enemies, and one comes intent on murder. Named by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2013: SF/F Some stellar reviews: "Energetic, edgy sci-fi with a Game of Thrones bent." -- Kirkus Reviews "Connell fearlessly explores the baser instincts of humanity in this gritty, concisely constructed sci-fi adventure." -- Foreword Reviews (5 out of 5 stars) Connell lives with his wife in Westchester, NY. His Web address: www.adamconnell.net His Facebook address: www.facebook.com/AdamConnellSF His Twitter handle is: @AdamConnellSF He is currently preparing Counterfeit Kings for release as an eBook. He's also in the research phase for his fifth novel, due in 2015.